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‘Hawkeye’ cast discusses new role for hero in MCU

by Kayleen Padron

When it comes to Hawkeye, there’s much more to the character than throwing exploding arrows. 

Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop behind-the-scenes of Marvel's Disney+ series "Hawkeye."

Audience got a glimpse of that in “Avengers: Endgame” when Clint Barton, an Avenger, was killing low-life mobsters in the middle of the street with absolutely no remorse. Fans also got another side to Barton (Jeremy Renner) in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” when Hawkeye played mentor to Wanda and Pietro Maximoff. 

Almost like Tony Stark to Peter Parker, Barton shares that same dynamic with Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) in the new “Hawkeye” series on Disney+. 

Renner has been part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) almost since the very beginning. His role has almost come full-circle, perhaps even training a future young avenger. 

Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld as Clint Barton and Kate Bishop.

“It makes me really sad to know that I’ve seen a lot of people come and go,” Renner laughed. “I feel like a grandpa!”

The series is based on the much-loved comic “Hawkeye” by Matt Fraction and David Aja Omnibus. It also introduces some new characters into the MCU, some good and some… well, we’ll just have to keep watching to find out. 

“We’re both grandfathers now in the MCU,” Kevin Feige added. “It was always the intention to explore the character’s history. It’s vast.”

The cast has been pretty tight-lipped on many of the characters, including Jack Duquesne (Tony Dalton), Eleanor Bishop (Vera Farmiga) and Maya Lopez, AKA Echo (Alaqua Cox).

"Hawkeye" introduces new villain, Echo played by Alaqua Cox.

Although the Bishop matriarch and Duquesne have already had some scenes in the show to get to know more about their character, Lopez remains a mystery. When asked about more details on these characters, Feige professionally shrugs, leaving fans anticipating what will happen with the rest of the series.

Tony Dalton (Jack Duquesne ) and Vera Farmiga (Eleanor Bishop) in "Hawkeye."

Not to mention Barton’s cameo during the end credit scene in “Black Widow.” Will Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) seek her revenge during the “Hawkeye” series? Again, only shrugs and side glances among the cast.

“I can’t tease too much about that,” Renner paused. “I know that’s there. I’m definitely aware that that’s happening.” 

The show signifies the end of year one for Marvel series on Disney+. Although it may be the first year for fans, those at Marvel Studios know it as year three or four working on the amazing content for the streaming service.

“The reception on each of [the Marvel Disney+ series] is what’s been the most gratifying,” Feige explained. “I always said no one will get bored before we at Marvel studios will. Going on almost 20 years, I’m still not bored yet.”

“Hawkeye” is already streaming on Disney+. You can read more about the show and our review here

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